Engelman Florist and Greenhouses to hold open house tomorrow

Anyone stopping in Engelman Florist and Greenhouses may have noticed some changes.
Engelman’s is bustling with activity as preparations are made for the upcoming holiday season.
Once again, Engelman’s will host an open house tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m.
This event helps kick off the holiday season.
Now available at the greenhouse are Poinsettias, Cyclamen, Christmas arrangements and wreaths and cemetery blankets and wreaths.
Mt. Nittany Winery will be back again this year to provide wine sampling during the open house.
It may seem like a well-kept secret but Pennsylvania is the U.S. birthplace of commercial vineyards and wineries and is currently home to over 90 wineries. Pennsylvania is ranked fifth nationally in the number of wineries, fifth in the production of grapes and eighth in the production of wine from grapes.
A large portion of Pennsylvania grapes are sent to wineries in New York and Ohio. Almost all wine making grapes have an area where they are able to grow in Pennsylvania.
The wine sampling will provide a chance for individuals to try something new while getting into the holiday spirit.
Last year’s event was a huge success with individuals enjoying a great night, mingling with friends and sampling a variety of wines.
“We’ve always done something special during this time of the year,” said Lorey Burghard, “to get people thinking about poinsettias and holiday arrangements.”
Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant. Introduced into the United States in 1825 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, poinsettias are a native Mexican plant but are now commercially grown in all 50 states. There is even a special day set aside for this popular plant. By an Act of Congress, December 12 was named National Poinsettia Day, a date that marks the death of Poinsett.
There is always a variety of poinsettias available at Engelman’s, something for everyone’s taste.
“Our poinsettias come in a lot of different colors besides red,” said Burghard.
She also pointed out that at one time, many people thought poinsettias were poisonous, however, it was determined that the quantity consumed would have to be so large that the flowers really are not poisonous.
Also during the open house, orders will be taken for fresh holiday arrangements and silk arrangements. There will be various arrangements on display to help individuals get ideas. Orders for grave blankets and cemetery wreaths can also be made and a variety of gift baskets will be available for purchase.
Check out The Daily Herald for a coupon to receive 10 percent off these orders and a special price on roses.
Anyone with questions can call the greenhouse at 684-3540. Engelman’s is located at 801 Engelman Drive, behind the high school.